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Bachelor of Information Technology

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

About this course

The Bachelor of Information Technology is designed to provide knowledge and skills required for students who wish to be employed in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. The program focuses on the development of web-based business information systems. Students undertake studies in programming, systems analysis and design, multimedia development and usage, database development, networking and communications theory, computer security and technology management. 

Students also study issues confronting the ICT industry including employer obligations, employee rights, impacts on society, and future directions of the industry.

The University offers the 'Women in Technology' program which provides dedicated support for women entering this industry. Throughout the year, social events with a networking focus are held for female students. The program has a coordinator who acts as an advocate for the students, offering support and advice for women entering this industry. 

Career opportunities

As programmers, multimedia developers, systems analysts, software engineers, database administrators, project managers, web developers, systems administrators and technical support personnel.

Professional placement

Students can undertake optional internship units. Internship positions vary depending on each student's discipline area, placement firm size and industry. Recent roles undertaken by internship students include software quality assurance, coordinator, IT support officer, network support officer, software development and various other management and IT roles in private and government sectors. 

Major areas of study

This course offers the following majors:

Information Systems gives students the skills needed to design, develop, implement and manage information systems and also provides students with a realistic understanding of the roles of information technology in organisations.

Software Development gives students the skills needed to efficiently develop and maintain high quality software systems and also provides students with the knowledge to participate in and manage software projects.

Interactive Multimedia gives students the skills needed to effectively and efficiently design and develop multimedia resources and interactive multimedia programs. Students develop an ability to select and use multimedia resources that facilitate engagement and usability for users.

Additional majors: University-wide majors are also available in this course.

Unit availabilities are published for each study period and may vary from year to year. Sydney and Melbourne students can only study the Information Systems and Software Development majors.

Assessment methods

Assessment may be in the form of essays, reports, audio or video presentations, online quizzes, case analyses or problem resolutions, software programs and examinations.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Table of contents

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Information Technology a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all eight (8) units listed in Part A; and
    2. one of:
      1. one (1) eight (8) unit major from Part B; or
      2. all units from Part C and any four (4) units from Part D or Part E including at least one (1) unit from Part E; and
    3. one of:
      1. eight (8) elective units chosen from any University undergraduate degree; or
      2. one (1) eight (8) unit University-wide Major
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Information Technology has completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Information Technology may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Information Technology following removal from candidature for the Bachelor degree.

Advanced standing

Candidates who have completed an Associate Degree of Information Technology or equivalent may be granted advanced standing for up to sixteen (16) units.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students


On-campus applications for this course are made through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Distance education (external)

Applications for this course to study by distance education are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Apply OnlineSouthern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form or via our online application services.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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